Who We Are

The Kitchen LinK is a membership driven business alliance focused on the food and service industry. It is no secret that Knoxville is a foodie town. With over 2,000 restaurants in Knoxville and hundreds of new food trucks making Knoxville their home, there is a need to bring these businesses together with the help of the community in order to build lasting business relationships. When small businesses are successful, the business economy becomes more stable. As a result, the community as a whole benefits. What better way to bring a community together than supporting our local culinary artists?

Our Mission

It is the mission of The Kitchen LinK to improve business relationships with those in the food and service industry through more retail locations, distribution opportunities, and exposure to the community. We are starting with phase 1 which will involve the building of the network to include local farmers, caterers, food trucks, chefs, and restaurants. Because we are building the network, membership for 2021 will be free. Phase 2 will be the creation of three Signature Public Events for members of this organization. These events are designed to allow the public to get to know the members in this network in fun and interactive ways.

In addition to these signature events, there will be weekly public retail events which will allow for more one-on-one interactions. The Kitchen LinK will be investing in automated retail technology to assist members in selling their product directly to the consumer. Phase 3 will allow for the creation of a commercial kitchen in which members will be allowed to prepare and store foods on site. There are plans for an allergy free kitchen as well as a show kitchen created especially for food vloggers to showcase their talents virtually.

Meet Our Team

Kathryne Ogrod Headshot

Kathryne Ogrod: President of The Kitchen LinK – Master’s of Business Degree in International Business and Finance. Certified Economic Developer for Tennessee. Business Owner for 8 years. Served on the Board of the South Knoxville Alliance for 2 years and the Business Advisory Council for 2 years.

I have worked directly with small businesses, the Knoxville Chamber, and local government officials to help improve the business climate of Knoxville. I want to make a difference in Knoxville and I know that can only be done through supporting small businesses.

Our Space


artist render of outdoor seating at Kitchen LinK
artist render of covered seating at Kitchen LinK
artist render of storefront at Kitchen LinK